[2014 Movie Review]- The Lion Men [Part 1], Directed by Jack Neo
Thank to the pair of complimentary tickets that we gotten from SAFRA MovieMax Club, both Jacqueline and I had the opportunity to catch the movie, "The Lion Men [Part 1]" on Wednesday at Shaw Theatres Lido. [Image Credits to J Team Productions]
We are going to be brutally honest with our review of this film so if you're a fan of the various casts whom acted in the film, don't blame us; we're just trying to help save some money for movie-goers.
The Lion Men Movie Synopsis:
The film's plot centers on rival lion dance troupes in Singapore -- a liberal-looking faction of a traditional troupe, Tiger Crane [led by Wang Wei Liang], breaks away from it to form a new one called Storm Riders [led by Tosh Zhang], which advocates a new style of lion dance with more modern influences of hip hop dance and more flashy acrobatics. Meanwhile, the male stars of the show clash with a third rival troupe called Black Hawk, competing in wushu, love triangles and of course, lion dance. Five of the well-loved "Ah Boys To Men" casts headline the film, joined by 23 "unknowns".
[Image Credits to J Team Productions]
Our Review of The Lion Men:
Director Jack Neo and a few of the casts whom acted in the film were present during the screening and they gave us a brief introduction of the film. During the meet-and-greet session, Director Jack Neo said that The Lion Men is one of the toughest movies that he has ever directed and that the film, given its "action" genre, wasn't so easy to shoot.
Well, having caught The Lion Men [Part 1] in its entirety, we're not so sure if we are even going to catch The Lion Men [Part 2]. This is because we don't understand why the movie must have a two-part sequel when seriously, they could have just dived straight into the subject matter and cut out all those unrelated and not so relevant scenes!
Furthermore, The Lion Men [Part 1] has too much advertisement placements that we felt like we wasted 130 minutes of our lives watching commercials after commercials. We're serious, the ad placements are very obvious and brands such as Resorts World Sentosa, NETS Flashpay, and StarHub are so prominently featured that there wasn't any attempt to make it subtle.
Adding on, the humour in the movie were just weak. Director Jack Neo seems to be trying really hard to inject some humour into the movie but to be honest, it just doesn't work out. As mentioned, some scenes were totally not relevant and it just does not fit into the plot.
So, for this festive season, if you're planning to catch a movie, we don't recommend The Lion Men unless you have too much angpow money to spend. In fact, we think Robocop makes a better movie than The Lion Men.
The Lion Men Movie Trailer